Arugula and Basil…

Pesto is a favorite pasta topping that is usually made with basil.  We found a great recipe that combines the spring spicy green “arugula” with basil.   This is an easy to grow from seed green that adds a new twist to the traditional pesto.  Pesto can be used for more than just pasta.  Try it on pizza, or in a veggee stir-fry or on roasted veggee sandwich instead of mayonnaise.  It is delicious any way you use it.  Enjoy:)



4 cups arugula leaves

1 cup lightly packed basil leaves

3-4 cloves garlic

2 tbsp pine nuts

¼ tsp salt

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup grated romano cheese (optional)

Fresh ground pepper


In a food processor, combine the arugula, basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt. Process to coarsely chop. Slowly add the oil, and pulse until the mixture is smooth.


*Mix with cooked whole wheat linguini, top with cheese if desired and fresh ground pepper.

* Use as a base for homemade pizza instead of tomato sauce or in combination with tomato sauce

* Make a vegee stir-fry, serve on rice and mix in pesto sauce to taste. Yum!

*You can vary the taste by changing the ratio or arugula to basil.